Feeding Birds and Ducks
Birds are a common resident of lakes and wetlands within the City of Greater Dandenong. Some of the local species include the Australian Wood Duck, Pacific Black Duck and Chestnut Teal.
Ducks are an important part of the food web; they consume insects and plant matter.
Do not feed ducks and other birds
It can be a pleasurable experience to feed the birds, however we must remember that they are wild animals and feeding can do birds a great deal of harm. The parks and wetlands within the City of Greater Dandenong provide natural food for wild animals.
Feeding wildlife inappropriate foods, like bread, can cause dietary problems, and sickness:
- with a constant supply of unnatural food, the young never learn to forage for themselves, which may lead to starvation
- birds can choke on pieces of bread
- large numbers of birds in one area can increase the spread of disease among birds and to humans
- high nutrient levels in water caused by floating bread can lead to growth of blue-green algae, which is poisonous to wildlife and humans
Enjoy watching the ducks, but please do not feed them.
For more information contact Council.